Tuesday, November 25, 2008

What Happened to the Digital Music Boom? Ask Apple. | Peter Kafka | MediaMemo | AllThingsD

"Big music ignored digital music for a long time. But over the last few years, that’s changed. Now the industry is hoping that fast-growing digital revenue can help it overcome slumping CD revenue.

That has yet to happen."

Some apocryphal points:

I have an Apple computer with iTunes, and a Linux based machine. I’ve used iTunes in the past to download music, and then go through a two step (burn to CD and then rip to make files to play on my Linux based machine). Amazon now makes it easy to download unencrypted MP3 files directly (Apple has this option for some things too but at a premium).

I gave an iPod to a Windows user who loved the device, but hated iTunes. While I like it just fine on my Apple machine, I can see why it might not quite fit in with everything else for a Windows user. They made iTunes for Windows simply to tap into the large non-Apple marketplace. It shows. If Amazon can make a downloader for Linux, so can Apple. They need to
stop trying to make Apple computer users out of iTunes, iPhone and iEverything-else product users.

Bundling a dozen tunes into an “album” is a dead concept, just as justifying higher ad rates for a magazine based on the cost of lumber is a dead concept.

While it is true that our youth have been purged by our school systems of any basis for ethical behavior, they are also too too lazy and too spoiled to steal an MP3 file when they can more easily pay 99 cents for it. Hidden behind industry claims of losing money to theft is the reality that they are losing $15 off the sale of an “album” with three good songs on it.

Music production equipment is dirt cheap compared with what it used to be. Nobody is fooled by the notion that the middlemen in this industry are earning their keep. Someone needs to tell them that continuing to wear those party hats simply makes them look like dunces.

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